We were surprised to read reports over the least couple of days about 22 year-old Ayoze Perez potentially leaving Newcastle this summer and it would be a real surprise if Rafa Benitez lets his Spanish compatriot leave the club.
Ayoze is a perfect young player who Rafa can and wants to make much better with his coaching prowess – and even make Ayoze good enough to become a full Spanish International.
Ayoze Perez and Rafa Benitez against Crystal Palace
After all, Perez seems to just love it at Newcastle and he was one of the first Newcastle players to fully commit himself to the club after we were officially relegated on Wednesday 11th March, when Sunderland easily beat Everton 3-0 at home.
Perez is back in Newcastle ready for pre-season and he had this to say in the Chronicle today:
“Footballers will have ups and downs in their career. You just have to be strong enough to deal with them.”
“We had a bad moment going into the Championship, but we have to be strong as a team and individually and be back to our place in the Premier League.”
“We have great support and if we keep going the way we did at the end of last season, we will be back really soon.”
“We needed to rest and clean our minds, but we are already thinking about next season, it’s really hard but we are aiming to get back to our league.”
Newcastle need a big squad to combat what is a very tough 46 game Championship season.
And while Ayoze had a little bit of a stall in his development last season, he can come back big time this season in the Championship.
We expect that to happen and that Rafa Benitez can have a huge positive influence on the 22 year-old.
In the two seasons Ayoze has been at Newcastle since signing from Tenerife for a measly €2M, he has scored 13 goals in 71 total appearances for us.